Monday, September 30, 2013

Thoughts on MedX

This morning I sit in my daughter's San Francisco apartment pondering the barrage of information that I was exposed to during the previous three days at the Stanford MedX conference. My mind is full of images that begin with Regina Holliday's beautiful pre-conference canvas
Representation of a part of the canvas

and end with my friends Lisa Fields and Ruth Ann Crystal; relationships made over the internet through Social Media and cemented by meeting IRL (in real life).
Ruth Ann Crystal, myself, Lisa Fields

The conference was a showcase of healthcare innovation and opportunities to network with empowered patients from the Society for Participatory Medicine and other like-minded health professionals. The epatients' stories along with Regina Holliday's exhortations to "change the world NOW" were the most compelling part of the program. Over the next few weeks I hope my mind processes what was learned and results in more ideas for changes that improve patient experience in my practice and, who knows, even in my healthcare system.
Flash mob on stage with Regina Holliday (in red)

At first, when asked by other participants why I came to Stanford, I wasn't immediately sure. I made the reservation out of a gut reaction but by day two my motivation was obvious: MedX provides the energy and focus necessary to change our broken healthcare system. Tim Autrey of the Practicing Perfection Institute commented in his workshop that change must start with the individual. This individual began over a year ago but the MedX conference provided a powerful infusion of energy to improve my personal relationships with patients and exhort my system to do the same. Thank you Dr. Larry Chu, Nick Dawson and the staff who worked so hard to make the conference the success it has become.


  1. I know why you went top Stanford- to visit your daughter in God's Country...

  2. Well, that was a happy side effect. After attending Doctors 2.0 in June I'd already decided to go to its sister conference at Stanford. Seeing Kelly made for a fabulous combination. :)

  3. I am confused. What is the difference between a general practitioner and a family practice doctor? I was researching a family practice doctor and came across the other. Are they the same thing?

    1. Great question. A Family Practice doctor is a physician who is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. This involves a three-year training residency after medical school and specified continuing medical education during the ten years between each Board Certification exam. A general practitioner does not necessarily have residency training and is not board-certified.